The differential contributions of visual imagery constructs on autobiographical thinking

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Aydın, Çağla (2017) The differential contributions of visual imagery constructs on autobiographical thinking. Memory . ISSN 0965-8211 (Print) 1464-0686 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2017.1340483

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There is a growing theoretical and empirical consensus on the central role of visual imagery in autobiographical memory. However, findings from studies that explore how individual differences in visual imagery are reflected on autobiographical thinking do not present a coherent story. One reason for the mixed findings was suggested to be the treatment of visual imagery as an undifferentiated construct while evidence shows that there is more than one type of visual imagery. The present study investigates the relative contributions of different imagery constructs; namely, object and spatial imagery, on autobiographical memory processes. Additionally, it explores whether a similar relation extends to imagining the future. The results indicate that while object imagery was significantly correlated with several phenomenological characteristics, such as the level of sensory and perceptual details for past events – but not for future events – spatial imagery predicted the level of episodic specificity for both past and future events. We interpret these findings as object imagery being recruited in tasks of autobiographical memory that employ reflective processes while spatial imagery is engaged during direct retrieval of event details. Implications for the role of visual imagery in autobiographical thinking processes are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:34165
Deposited By:Çağla Aydın
Deposited On:10 Jan 2018 11:21
Last Modified:10 Jan 2018 11:21

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